Tried and Tested – Electric Toothbrushes

Best premium

Philips Sonicare ProtectiveClean 5100, RRP £140.00,

With sonic technology to remove any plaque from between teeth and along the gum line, this gives a really deep clean. It has three modes: clean, gum care and white. It has a pacer to remind you to brush evenly and a pressure sensor that warns you if you brush too hard. It comes with two brush heads that activate a light when they need replacing. It was the battery life that stood it apart from the rest – after the initial 24-hour charge it lasted over four weeks.

Most innovative

Oral-B GENIUS 9000, £146.99,

Premium toothbrush that includes Bluetooth – download an app to track your cleaning habits. While this is useful, testers found it a bit inconvenient in the morning rush. It has six cleaning modes, from daily clean to tongue cleaning, a pacer and a pressure sensor. It comes with four brush heads, a travel case that’s also a charger and a phone holder for the bathroom. The charge lasted for around 11 days when used twice a day.

Best lightweight

Colgate ProClinical 250+, £49.99,

The design of this makes it similar to a manual brush, yet it provides a deeper clean. It’s compact and with its impressive battery that lasted for 11 days, ideal for travel. It comes with a slide-on travel cap, too. It has one cleaning mode that lasts for 2 minutes. The rectangular shape of the brush head is designed to clean the gum line better and also
allowed access into the hard-to-reach areas. The bristles weren’t too hard – good for those with sensitive gums.

Best kids

KidzSonic Electric Toothbrush 6+ years, £12.95,

According to the Oral Health Foundation, children should also use electric toothbrushes. This one is suitable for age six and over and proved particularly child-friendly. It is battery powered with soft bristles to avoid damaging teeth or gums. Both the battery and its three brush heads can be replaced. We loved the flashing 2-minute disco light timer to ensure teeth are brushed thoroughly. It also has a 30-second pacer to remind children to move on to another area of their mouth.

Best budget

Wilko Toothbrush BatteryPowered Adult, £4.50,

Costing not much more than a manual toothbrush, this is an excellent
basic electric version. It needs 2 x AA batteries, which are supplied and lasted three weeks, brushing twice a day, before slowing down, making it ideal for holidays. As it is a budget brush there is just one speed and no fancy gimmicks, so brush as long as you like and switch off when done. We liked that it has a sturdy base and stands up without falling over when finished and there is a replacement head included. Fantastic value for money.




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